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Burn rate and a magic number

Old 04-01-09, 10:50 AM
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Burn rate and a magic number

Well, it's magic for me, at least. 199 on the scale last night, I honestly can't remember the last time I saw that. I have been north of 200 (217-223) for years; finally got off my duff and started rolling last sept.
So... I crunched the numbers and I come up with a burn rate of 0.1 oz/mile. That is motivation for a compulsive counter like me.
I have ridden around 2600 miles since Sept, mostly commuting 36 miles round trip 2-3 times a week and riding on the weekends. I have a friend who is a machine on the bike who I frequently ride with and he keeps me from slacking, trust me.
All this and no change in my diet. I expect I will need to make those changes as my weight loss is slowing down.
Now to my last point- can I still post here?
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Old 04-01-09, 10:56 AM
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Congrats on dropping below 200 lbs!
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Old 04-01-09, 06:32 PM
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You can and will soon be a clyde emeritus..Where did you come up with the formular? I would think one would see a better benefit than that ?

Great job btw..
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I admit that I am north of 40 y.o., my metabolism has slowed a lot the last 10 yrs, and perhaps if I adhered to a stricter diet I would see greater benefits. But hey, I love good food too much! I also had quite a bit of muscle mass from heavy lifting off and on for the last 6 years. I stopped lifting a year ago and have since added some "padding" in it's place.
The way I look at this at least I am improving my health in small incremental ways, and it's my opinion (based on my own history) if I do this slowly it will last. To each his own on the weight loss thing- I know that I love to bike, I am saving money by commuting, and it is working for me.
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Congrats! I just dropped below 300 for the first time a couple years (291lb today), and it feels great. Not anywhere near where I want to be, but on my way at least. I can't wait to get my first road bike at the end of the month. Hopefully I can get down to about 250lb by my birthday (June 16th). I think I have a good shot. So far I've lost 40lb since thanksgiving, so it can be done. Keep on keeping on!
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No- congratulations to YOU! That is awesome, way to go. Before you know it you will achieve your goals.
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WOO HOO! Congrats! It is a great feeling isn't it?
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Right after college I started to gain weight and found myself at 299 1/2 on New Year's Eve. I made a promise to myself not to see 300. On July 1 of that year I weighed in at 199 3/4. I was high for a week (without aid!). So, I know the joy you must feel of reaching that goal.

Feel good about it and celebrate!

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it's definitely encouraging to see other heavier people who cycle. I was very weary about purchasing a "skinny tire" bike, but it obviously is possible, and I'm going to hit it hardcore when I actually get my bike at the end of the month. I have been on a 1300 calorie diet for over a month now, and it seems to be working pretty good. I keep my protein way up so I lose as little muscle mass as possible, and once I start cycling I'll up it to about 1800. Say what you will about small caloric intake, but I'm a firm believer you need to burn more than you're taking in to lose weight. It works for me and that's all that matters. My biggest problem to get under control was my portions. That's why I do Spark People. Free, easy, and it helps me keep my diet in check. With the way I've been losing 2-3lbs a week already, I can't imagine if start riding 100 miles or more a week.
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Zerocool. Welcome to my world. I bought my bike at about 305lbs ablut 4 weeks ago.( I had started on a modified low carb diet, 40g per day low fat as poss and keep protein up). Its a novara Divano which I got new for 799 + tax. And Its working. I weighed in last weekend (sunday) at 285 and when I weigh tomorrow (due to vacation) im hoping for some more loss. I have also been eating at the 1200-1400 cal region, not casue Im trying to starve myself but that the food Im eating is so low in cals *LOL*.
Ride wise we have got ourselves up to 20 miles per ride (wife and friend ride also) and we are signing up for a 31 mile ride for May 9th

Keep it up

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Old 04-02-09, 07:39 PM
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It is great to see how people lose weight and enjoy doing it at the same time. I hear you guys about the caloric intake- with so many diets and so-called shortcuts for me the bottom line in losing it is being active and putting the fork down (much as I hate to say that last part). I think that is not only healthy but something you can live with day in and day out and keep the pork off for good.
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Yeah I must say that my body has gotten used to 1300 cals a day. I won't mind eating more once I start riding, but I definitely don't feel like I am starving myself. I can't wait to buy my Trek 2.1. People can say what they want, but it has decent components and a killer paint job. I just bought a Giro Atmos helmet, and some Pearl Izumi clipless shoes on ebay. All new, and saved some serious coin. Just need some pedals and a computer and I'll be on my way. Waiting for the new bike shop to open kind of sucks, but it's supposed to snow on Saturday here anyways, so I wouldn't be getting a ton of mileage. Plus these guys will be the only ones in town that do a correct bike fitting, and that sell Trek, which I will staunchly stand behind. All that matters is that I like my bike and that I enjoy riding it. If I worried about what people thought, my fat ass wouldn't leave ever leave the house, LOL!
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